January 22, 2018

CHICAGO – CTBUH is pleased to announce the Finalist projects from around the world for the first annual Tall + Urban Innovation Conference, which will take place in Chicago from May 30–31. This two-day event will see owner/developers and design teams for 46 Finalist projects compete in front of an international audience and live juries for winning distinctions across eight categories. In addition, the Winners in each regional category will be judged for the single title of “2018 Best Tall Building Worldwide.”

Incorporating what was previously known as the CTBUH Annual Awards Event, the CTBUH 2018 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference will explore and celebrate the very best in innovative tall buildings, urban spaces, building technologies, and construction practices from around the world. Following the Finalist project presentations, distinguished juries will deliberate and select Winners in each category, which will be announced at a ceremony on the second day of the conference.

“The Finalists for the 2018 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference truly represent the pinnacle of excellence in the field of tall buildings,” said Awards Jury Chair Karl Fender, Director at Fender Katsalidis Architects. “Being recognized by the world’s premier authority on tall buildings is a great honor, and the opportunity to showcase these quality projects to a global audience helps drive innovation across all disciplines in our industry.”

The Main Jury is responsible for selecting the Best Tall Building Regional Finalists and Winners, as well as the overall worldwide Winner. The jury is comprised of Awards Jury Chair Karl Fender, Director, Fender Katsalidis; H.E. Mohamed Ali Allabar, Chairman, Emaar Properties; Kamil Merican, Chief Executive Officer, GDP Architects; CTBUH Chairman Steve Watts, Partner, alinea consulting; and CTBUH Executive Director Antony Wood.

“Part of our mission at CTBUH is to investigate and highlight the cutting-edge in sustainable urbanism in order to promote a better urban future, and this year’s finalists exemplify the world’s foremost examples in this regard,” Wood said.

Hosted at the Radisson Blu Aqua, located in the base of the famous Aqua Tower in Chicago – itself a Finalist for the Best Tall Building Americas award in 2010 – the conference will include not only an awards ceremony, but also a dinner, a VIP networking reception, and presentations from some of the most distinguished names in the tall building industry.

Registration for the 2018 Tall + Urban Innovation Conference is now open at tallinnovation2018.com, where additional details can be found. See the Finalist projects in each awards category below.

Best Tall Building Worldwide

Best Tall Building Americas

New York City

Best Tall Building Europe

The Silo

Angel Court


Best Tall Building Middle East & Africa

Cape Town

Azrieli Sarona
Tel Aviv

Innovation Award

Construction Award

111 Main
Salt Lake City

461 Dean
New York City

56 Leonard
New York City

10 Year Award (2007 Completions)

New York Times Tower
New York City


10 Year Award (2008 Completions)

Comcast Center

Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia

Marina One

Urban Habitat Award

Hong Kong